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The Swedish Film Institute reveals the beneficiaries of its latest slate of funding


- The national film agency will invest 63.616 million Swedish crowns (approximately €6,123,000) in 18 new audiovisual productions

The Swedish Film Institute reveals the beneficiaries of its latest slate of funding
Director Tarik Saleh, who has received €964,000 for his political thriller Boy from Heaven

The Swedish Film Institute, the country’s film agency, recently announced the recipients of its latest round of funding. On this occasion, the body will back the making of 18 new audiovisual productions through an overall investment of 63,616,500 Swedish crowns (circa €6,123,000).

The big winner of this slate of funding is Tarik Saleh’s political thriller Boy from Heaven (10 million Swedish crowns/circa €964,000). This is the director’s second project exploring the modern Arab world after The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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(2017) and is being produced by Kristina Åberg for Atmo Sweden, in co-production with Memento Film, Bufo, Final Cut for Real, Arte France and Film i Väst, with co-financing provided by Canal+ France and Business Finland.

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The other features backed by the organisation are Gorki Glaser Müller’s documentary Children of the Enemy (1.9 million Swedish crowns/€183,000, produced by Cinecic Film AB), Morgane Dziurla-Petit’s drama Excess Will Save Us (1.925 million Swedish crowns/€185,000, produced by Vilda Bomben Film AB), Zahavi Sanjavi’s documentary Imads barndom (1.52 million Swedish crowns/€146,500, staged by AVB Production AB), Jens Sjögren’s biopic of football champion Ibrahimovic I Am Zlatan (3 million Swedish crowns/€289,000, a B-Reel Films AB presentation), Charlotte Sieling’s period drama Margrete - Queen of the North (2.5 million Swedish crowns/€241,000, produced by SF Studios Sweden), Milad Adami’s drama The Opponent (8 million Swedish crowns/€770,000, a Tangy AB production), Jennifer Rainsford’s documentary Stories from the Debris (2 million Swedish crowns/€192,500, produced by Momento Films AB), and Christoffer Sandler’s drama Just So-o Easy Going (8 million Swedish crowns/€770,000, a Cinecic Film AB production).

Finally, a total of 16,771,500 Swedish crowns (€1.615 million) was invested in the making of nine new shorts, and a marketing bursary of 8 million Swedish crowns (€770,000) was awarded to the aforementioned I Am Zlatan.

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